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Red vs blue.

As a tradition of RTS games, team colors are used to distinguish different side during a battle. The rules vary for each game.

Warcraft: Orcs & Humans[]


A map showing two human armies of different team colors.

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The color of each side is hardcoded in both campaigns. Since most battles are usually orcs versus humans there is not much room left for confusion, but two missions are actually humans versus humans and orcs versus orcs. There are unique hero units but without specific team colors.

You can't select your team color in multiplayer games. You will be assigned the team color usually associated to your race. If the other player is playing the same race, both of you will see their opponent's units in the alternative color (i.e. if both players select humans, both will see their own units as blue and the opponent's units as red; if both select orcs, both will see their own units as red and the opponent's units as blue).

Team color Used by
Blue Kingdom of Azeroth, Blackhand loyalists[1]
Red Horde, Northshire Valley brigands[2]

Warcraft II[]

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In Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness and Beyond the Dark Portal each faction on a map must now have a different color, even when fighting on the same side, which is why many orcish clans and human kingdoms were created and are displayed on the ranking board at the end of a game. Most playable hero units such as Anduin Lothar, Uther Lightbringer, and Cho'gall are depicted using the Violet color to distinguish them from their surrounding troops, though this isn't always true.

Nevertheless, in campaign missions, heroes will always be a different color than non-unique units of the same class. For example, in Slayer of the Shadowmoon, Grom Hellscream is red the color of the Warsong, but his forces are orange, so the player won't get Grom Hellscream confused with another Grunt of the same color.

You still can't select your team color in multiplayer games. You will be assigned a team color randomly among eight available.

Team color Alliance side Horde side (ToD) Horde side (BtDP) Others
Blue Nation of Azeroth, Alliance Expedition Stormreaver Clan Flowerpicker Clan Dentarg
White Nation of Lordaeron Dragonmaw Clan Shattered Hand Clan Mogor's Death Knights,[3] Tomb of Sargeras Guardians[4]
Red Nation of Stromgarde Blackrock Clan Warsong Clan
Green Nation of Kul Tiras Bleeding Hollow Clan Bonechewer Clan Zuljin,[5] Tomb of Sargeras orcs[4]
Black Nation of Gilneas Black Tooth Grin Clan Shadowmoon Clan Forest trolls,[5] Deathwing[6]
Violet Nation of Dalaran, Alliance Expedition[6] Twilight's Hammer Clan Thunderlord Clan
Orange Nation of Alterac Burning Blade Clan Bleeding Hollow Clan
Yellow Alliance Traitors Horde Traitors Laughing Skull Clan Teron Gorefiend


  • Warcraft Adventures: Lord of the Clans added another yet undepicted orcish clan, Frostwolf clan, whose color was blue.
  • The Lord of the Clans novel added another human faction, Blackmoore's Durnholde military, which wore red and gold livery.[7]
  • With time the national colors of the Alliance-side factions were generally respected. Lordaeron became a mix of white and blue as the other main playable human nation. The Syndicate took on the orange color of the fallen kingdom of Alterac.
  • The Horde-side factions however usually lost their clans color with Warcraft III and especially World of Warcraft, with exception of the Frostwolf and Twilight's Hammer clans.

Warcraft III[]

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In Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos and The Frozen Throne there are no more unique colors associated to each factions, many different factions can now share the same color depending on context. Heroes are also surrounded by an aura matching their team color to distinguish them from other units. With this and the fact that they have unique models now, heroes are generally no longer distinguished by having a different team color in the campaign, although some such as Varimathras are still represented with a different color.

In multiplayer you can choose any color between 12 (classic) and 24 (Reforged) available.[8]

Team color Humans Orcs Undead Night elves Naga Burning Legion Others
Red Stratholme Militia, Alliance Remnants, Jaina's Humans[WC3 1] Most Horde forces; Blackrock Clan (Blackrock Warlocks, Dragon Camps), Darkspear Tribe[WC3 2], Tauren Outcasts, Mulgore Tauren Tichondrius, Undead Scourge[WC3 3], Varimathras' Forces Watchers[WC3 4] Illidan's Naga, Naga Strikeforce, Illidan's Force Burning Legion[WC3 5], Demon Elite Guard
Blue Most Alliance forces, Alliance Forces, Champions of Truth, Kirin Tor[WC3 6], Human Expedition, Muradin's Dwarves, Regional Defenders, Theramore Humans Blackrock Scouts Sylvanas' Forces[WC3 7],[WC3 8] Shadowleaves, Starseekers[WC3 9], Nightblades[WC3 9], Sentinels, Malfurion's Force Illidan's Forces Faceless Ones
Teal Villagers, Dragon Hunters, Champions of Light, Elven Defenders, Silvermoon Guard Moonhunters[WC3 9], Cenarius, Nightblades[WC3 10], Sentinels, Shadowleaves[WC3 11], Primal Guardians, Night Elf Villagers Naga[WC3 12] Fallen Ones, Stonemaul Ogres[WC3 8], Nerubians[WC3 13], [WC3 14]
Purple Dalaran Guardians Island Trolls, Orcish Horde, Warsong clan Most Scourge forces, Arthas' Scourge, Sylvanas' Scourge[WC3 15], Dreadlord Insurgents[WC3 7], [WC3 16], Undead Ravagers, Balnazzar's Forces Illidan's Naga, Illidan's Escort, Naga[WC3 17] Magtheridon's Forces, Legion of Anguish, Legion of Torment, Champions of Draenor Cave Monsters, Quilboar[WC3 18]
Yellow Lordaeron Navy, Sorcerer's League, Human Refugees Lost Patrol Undead Scourge[WC3 15] Night Elf Fleet Illidan's Servitors, Dalaran Experiments, Blackthorn
Orange Champions of Peace, Elven Defenders, Blood Elves[WC3 19] Blackrock Raiders, Bloodhoof Tauren Undead Caravan, Undead Pillagers, Undead Scourge[WC3 3], Varimathras' Forces[WC3 7], Dreadlord Insurgents[WC3 16], Dreadlord Loyalists Magtheridon's Forces, Mistress of Torment Underworld Minions[WC3 20], Ghostly Archmagi
Green Kingdom of Kul Tiras Scourge forces, Undead Elite Guard, Elite Scourge, Kel'Thuzad's Scourge, Dreadlord Insurgents, Detheroc's Forces Corrupted Ancients Harbor Defenses Burning Legion, Horde of Pain Draenei[WC3 21]
Pink Dwarven Scouts
Gray Dwarven Expedition, 1st Legion Blackrock Clan (undead), Prisoner Sylvanas' Forces Kil'jaeden's Seekers Neutral units and buildings, Syndicate, Servants of Loken, Barkskin Furbolgs, ShadowTooth clan, Dalaran Experiments
Light Blue Kingdom of Lordaeron and Knights of the Silver Hand, Mages' Guild, Lordaeron Corps, Lordaeron Brigade, Garithos' Enforcers, Garithos' Elite Guard, Circle of Holy Light, Crippling Force, Regional Defenders, Defenders of Justice, Alliance of Lordaeron[WC3 7], Alliance[WC3 21], [WC3 22], Ironforge Dwarves, Theramore Guard Blackrock Slavers Most Sentinel forces, Moonhunters[WC3 10], Shadowleaves[WC3 23] Prisoners[WC3 4]
Dark Green Kul Tiras Elite Corps[WC3 24], Humans[WC3 25], Human Forces[WC3 26], Kul Tiras Navy[WC3 27] Stormreaver Clan (undead) Starseekers[WC3 10] Naga Reinforcement Burning Legion[WC3 21], Horde of Agony, Master of Pain Shadowglen Trolls
Brown Stromgarde Brigade, Imprisoned Blood Elves Blackrock Warriors, Twilight's Hammer Clan (undead), Wind Riders Druids of the Claw Underworld Minions, Centaur Marauders, Ancient Dead, Felwood Furbolgs, Furbolg
Navy Silvermoon Defenders
Violet Kirin Tor
Peach Alliance Defenders
Emerald Kul Tiras Marines, Kul Tiras Elite Corps[WC3 28], Farstriders, Human Forces[WC3 29], Lordaeron Alliance[WC3 2], Human Settlers, Human Armada[WC3 17], Kul Tiras, Proudmoore, Kul Tiras Navy[WC3 27]
Black Gilneas Brigade Undead Scourge[WC3 30] Tomb Guardians Neutral creeps, Nerubian Guardians, The Prophet, Stonemaul Ogres[WC3 31]

World of Warcraft[]

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As it is heavily inspired by its RTS roots, World of Warcraft displays many factions with strong color schemes, but those are usually now carried through tabards and standards, as faction-specific NPCs and mobs usually carry more elaborate equipment than just having a single team color. For example, the Scarlet Crusade is emblematic for having red armor, but they also prominently feature white, gold and black colors. Some factions are still referencing their RTS days however, with the Amani trolls of Zul'Aman retaining their iconic red mohawks from Warcraft II.